You have completed your tour of Kuala Lumpur. Next on your itinerary list is the charming state of Melaka. If you are yet to decide on your travelling options, know that you can reach there quicker and much more conveniently by hopping onto an express bus that will drop you off at the ‘Historic State’ within an hour and a half.

Want to save up on more time? Don’t think, just take tickets online from and collect the pass at the terminal. Now that you have your travelling plans sorted, your first day in Melaka, must be spent by hitting these following places:

Donald and Lily’s: Established in 1980 and serving delicious traditional Nyonya cuisine since then, this popular restaurant has even been featured in the New York Times magazine. Do try the slightly spicy Mee Siam with its well-done fish cakes, egg slices and cockles. The staff at this place is quite pleasant and helpful. I was also pleasantly surprised with the food that was served. If you visit this place you must remember that this place operates only until mid day. I am sure to visit here on my next visit too.

Nyonya Makko Restaurant: For a traditional Nyonya restaurant, visitors to Melaka are advised to visit the Nyonya Makko Restaurant, which is a welcoming place for tourists and locals alike. Serving up Nyonya cuisine in an authentically Malay setting for nearly 30 years, the restaurant’s influences are a concoction of Chinese and Malay influences. Makko is a term for ‘aunt in the Baba culture and the hospitality of the restaurant certainly lives up to that billing. Customers will find a wide array of Nyonya dishes on offer, from various noodle dishes to seafood. The ayam pok teh comes highly recommended. I was quite happy with the food served in this restaurant. I found this place quite traditional and popular as well. Getting a seat is a little difficult though not impossible. This mainly because the food is awesome and everyone loves it. A point to note is that they do not serve pork. I am sure to visit this place one more time on my next visit.

Nancy’s Kitchen: It has a nice, friendly atmosphere that complements the cuisine served wonderfully. A must try dish here is the Loh bak—delicious pan-fried pork rolls wrapped in bean curd sheets.Nancy was born and raised in a Peranakan household of a small town called Batu Berendam, Melaka. As being raised in a humble family and close relatives, she was taught to cook at young age. Without any proper written recipes, her cooking skills was established by watching and helping her mother in the kitchen. It would be better that you make your booking before you head to this place if you are visiting during the week end or during meal hours. Food is awesome, price is reasonable and i was quite happy with the staff as well. They are very helpful and I found them very pleasant and smiling all the time.